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FSSAI includes mouth fresheners as food category under FoSCoS
Tuesday, 19 October, 2021, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has included ‘mouth fresheners’ as food category in FoSCoS for the purpose of licensing and registration. The food authority has decided to create a sub-category under ‘Confectionary’ for ‘mouth fresheners’ to facilitate the licensing and registration of food businesses for these products.

The food regulator has issued an order in this regard and stated that as an ‘interim measure’, in order to facilitate licensing/registration of these products in a specific category, it was decided to create a new sub-category under the food category ‘5.2 Confectionary’,  as ‘mouth fresheners’ with classifications.

The classifications were made for dried fruits/vegetables/nut based mouth fresheners, spice based mouth fresheners and other traditional mouth fresheners.

According to the FSSAI, presently there were no standards for mouth fresheners under the FSS regulations and such products were licensed as proprietary foods under the broad food category number 5.0.

The decision of creating a sub-category was taken after industry representatives had met with the FSSAI officials and made a representation regarding problems faced by them in getting licence for such products.

An official with the FSSAI said, “The stakeholders sought clarity for food category and permitted food additive for some traditional mouth fresheners such as dried fruits, vegetables, nut based mouth fresheners, spice based mouth fresheners and other traditional mouth fresheners, so that licence can be obtained for these products.”

The order stated that categories will be made available on FoSCoS (Food Safety Compliance System) under ‘General Manufacturing’ kind of business for licence purposes based on the eligibility criteria under the licensing regulations.

The FSSAI clarified that the food products falling under these newly created categories need to comply with horizontal parameters of largest/major ingredients of the respective products while the existing licence holders can continue their operations without modification under the new product category.

However, for new licence or renewal of licences post this order of FSSAI, the FBOs need to use the categories specified by the FSSAI for mouth fresheners.
 
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